Wednesday, 17 December 2014

GIFT GUIDE: Part 2

Annnd here is part 2 of my gift guide series!

Bomb Cosmetics Giant Cracker

When this arrived the first thing that hit me was the smell, so strong and fruity mm. I love the packaging design of a giant pink cracker and the lovely gold tinsel added that christmassy touch! Inside you get three bath bombs - Its Xmas, Cherry Bathewell and Fresh Berrys. The whole set itself costs £7.99 from www.bombcosmetics.co.uk

Paul Hollywood - How To Bake

I was gifted this book by Suppose to add into my gift guide here. Suppose keep track of online prices  so you get the best price for your product! As soon as it arrived though the door my mum wanted a look though it. I love GBBO - so do you and so does your mum (and mine) and you girl friends and everyone else you know! So this book is great for everyone! So many easy recipes and lovely photos throughout, I'm looking forward to trying out some of them for myself in the new year!
Superdry Bag

When I saw this bag online, I knew it would make the perfect gift for Andrew (and most other men) since he's going to the gym more and more and if he didn't use it for the gym then it would make a perfect overnight bag for our little hotel trips! Its a great size and made out of a leathery quilted material which gives it a real luxury feel! The lining is in the usual Superdry orange as well as the usual Superdry branding all over it which I love! There are lots of pockets all over, an adjustable strap and two carry handles. This is the perfect gift for a hard to buy for man!
Perfume Discover Club with Fragrance Direct

This is a really great idea!! You get lots of different perfume samples so you can try them all before you go and spend loads of money on one big bottle - plus you end up with lots of little perfect handbag sized sample - win,win!


Hotel Chocolat
So December has started but that doesnt mean its too late to run out for an Advent Calendar - Especially that Hotel Chocolat one. I have the milk chocolate one here and they are so good, I love that you actually get an substantial sized treat each morning! As well as their calendars, every year I get a box of Tiddly chocolate animals from Andrew mum and they are super tasty and oh so cute! Also, if you were to order online, the delivery is fast and it all arrived in this lovely box with the option to add a message in the little card - a super easy ready made gift



Crabtree & Evelyn

These are a new brand that I have recently discovered and I think they are so perfect! I've actually only started working with them since the Christmas range has been released so I haven't seen too much of the all year around stock but these Christmas products are amazing! I love anything that comes in a tin that you can keep afterward for one plus they have such christmassy designs on them. Each product feels classy and super expensive plus they smell amazing! These are the perfect gift for mums or more so in my case boyfriends mum - this is definitely Andrew mum's kind of thing.

Lush

Everything and anything from Lush would make for a good gift but snow fairy is limited edition for Chrsitmas makes the perfect little gift! Its pink, glittery and smells super sweet like pear drops - I haven't met anyone who doesn't like it!
The girls at Lush actually sent me a cheeky little christmas gift this year in the form of their Snowman FUN bar - This comes in all different colours but for christmas they have a snowman version which smells amazing - another lovely gift! Lush is the easiest gift to buy for girls because everyone loves a Lush bath!

Pet Head Products (Gifts For Pet Owners)
  
These came from Pets at Home and are so cute! I love the bright colours and the packaging plus they smell amazing - both very sweet and fruity! I think these are going to be perfect for my parents and I'm hoping Molly will be pretty pleased with them too since I caught my mum washing her with fairy liquid in a rush after a walk the other day haha poor Molly.  


Dog Toys

Molly loves new toys all though the year so getting her a few new ones at Christmas is a must! I got these online from Feedem and she loves them which is good! She has a thing for the pig toys but she always breaks them so I had to get her one of those plus how cute are the other two!


Have Your Finished Your Christmas Shopping?

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Monday, 15 December 2014

LIFESTYLE: Make Your Own Christmas Wreath With Hobbycraft

I was very excited when Hobbycraft got in touch and asked me if I'd love some bits and pieces to make my own wreath! I've never had a wreath on the door before let alone made my own, is it something that most people do? I'm pretty pleased with how it turned out and its now hanging on my bathroom door making my bedroom look all Christmassy.

It was all very easy to do - I went for a tiny one - the wreath itself was already made, just a green ring made of the same stuff as our fake tree and all I had to do was decorate it. I love the look of them with a big bow at the bottom so I ordered a big red one which, when it arrived, I decided was too big so I cut it down a little bit to a super cute size. That just attached with a twisty wire thing. The rest of the decoration was just as simple with little wires on the back so you could twist them around the part you wanted it to stay on. 

It literally only took five minutes but I'm so pleased with how it looks! After I was finished with my decorations, it just hangs on a metal thing and its finished! Ta-dahh

Friday, 12 December 2014

Blogging Tips

At this time of year, lots of people thing about starting a blog for the new year so I thought it was the perfect time to post a few little tips for anyone whos thinking about it!

Blog About What You Love
If you blog about what you love it will come across in your writing! Blogging about things your not interested in, hoping that it will impress everyone else is pointless. It's your blog and your going to be spending alot of time working on it and thinking about it so make it something you enjoy! Be prepared, if you are going to do this properly, its going to take up alot of your time. 

Stay Organised
I use mini sticky notes at the moment - I got mine from Wilkinsons. One per post and when the post is posted the note goes in the bin. They are brightly coloured so I always remember to have a look at what needs doing. Alternatively you could just write a list and tick it off. Remember, it's not just the writing posts that needs doing, each one needs photos, links, spell checking ect.

Get a Domain
For me, this was super stressful and hard work but I was super pleased that I did it. I changed my blog name from www.georginagoodman.blogspot.co.uk which was a bit of a mouthful to www.georginadoes.co.uk. I chose this name so that I could keep my theme open and didn't have to just stick to writing about fashion or one thing in particular. Just google "buy a domain" and you will find lots of sites such as 34SP where you can buy and install you domain. I got very confused and so did Andrew but there was lots of help online - the help phone numbers may cost a bit but they are worth it! I also watched alot of youtube tutorials.

Take a Notebook Everywhere
I'm always thinking of post ideas or just lines to add into a post I've already written at the oddest times, usually before I fall asleep so the easiest way to keep track is just to scribble any inspiration down on a piece of paper and come back to it when you sit down to blog! I hate remembering that I had a great idea but just not remembering what it was.

Don't give up
It's going to take a while to start building up your followers and at first it's hard writing every day knowing that know one is actually reading it which brings me back to my first point, if you are enjoyed writing it, followers dont matter as much! As you keep going people will start to come back and you will see you stats go up slowly.

I hope these little tips can help some of you and maybe push you to start your own blog! Do you have any tips of your own?

Thursday, 11 December 2014

GIVEAWAY: The Body Shop Advent Calender

Just a super short post here - I have another cheeky little giveaway for you guys! I am day 11 of The Body Shop's Advent Calendar campaign and I have two lovely products for you to win - The Body Sorbet and The Eau De Toilette to be precise! 

The Body Shop is a great place to get gifts this Christmas and the pink grapefruit range is lovely! The fragrance is fruity and so refreshing which is lovely first thing in the morning. The whole range also comes in a pretty pink which I love!

Just enter using the rafflecoptor below as usual!


 

FASHION: White Stuff At Bluewater

Last week, The lovely ladies at White Stuff invited me along to Bluewater to celebrate their new shop opening!

The shop itself was lovely - rather that just a normal shop front it was themed on a Georgian house with big white pillars and brickwork outside. The theme carried on inside with the most lovely looking staircase covered in tinsel for the festive season! 
Now on to the clothes! I could tell straight away that they were all great quality. All the jumpers were so soft and everything was very well made! I loved that they had expensive cashmere jumpers in bright pink and green haha. Plus lots of dresses, shoes and jewellery! One of the looks is called Gypsy Caravan and all the clothes were the prettiest greens, blues and purples! Upstairs they had a loungewear section which I fell in love with - Fairisle lounge pants in the thickest cosy material and a pyjama set that consisted of shorts, a vest top and a kimono!!

 At the end of my visit the girls let me pick something from the store and sent me home with a little goodie bag! I had to go back to the beginning and pick one of the snuggly jumpers! As well as loving the design, I knew that I was going to get much looaadsss of wear out of a new jumper, although I was just browsing though the site and spotted these boots which I didn't see in store and have now fallen in love with as well ahah 

Jumper* - White Stuff
Jeans - Primark
Boots* - Clarks

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDE: Part 1

The first of a few gift guides I have planned. Part One 


Models Own 

This lovely Models Own Lux gift set contains 4x 10ml Nail Polish plus a roll of gold nail tape and a golden cuticle pusher which can be found at Superdrug for £7. I think the gold packaging looks great and really adds to the Lux look plus I love the polish colours!

BLEACH

If like me, you like to dabble is coloured hair, Bleach is the brand for you! This spin the bottle set (£12) is amazing as you get a little bottle of six different colours and they wash out after a few washes so you get a chance to try them all! When I dyed my highlights earlier this year, this would have been perfect although you wouldn't get a full long haired head dyed with these!
Next gift set includes a pencil case, stickers and three hair crayons and costs £10. The hair crayons come in the same shades as some of the dyes so you can have a mess around with temporary colours to see if you like them!
And also from Bleach is this snow globe (£5) that you can add your own photo too! These are super fun and have little holographic hearts floating around!

Jurlique

This stuff smells amazing, as do most of the products in this gift guide! If a product smells good then you are going to smell good when you use it right?! This Petit Rose Duo is one of their special christmas sets and costs £9.

Neal & Wolf

I featured Neal & Wolf in my last years gift guide and I'm featuring them again here with a different products as I love the brand! AURA is the brand new Hair & Body Fragrance and it is ideal for a gift. It smells lovely - very fresh and florally.

Batiste

I always love a new can of Batiste because they come in so useful and there's always a new design to add to my collection - they make for great stocking fillers! My newest one is the orange on on the end from the care and vitality range which is enriched with mandarin oil and is suppose to make hair healthier, stronger and smoother!

Watch Out For Part 2! 
 
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*Alot of these products were sent to me for my gift guide although I chose each one and all thoughts on them are my own